Quantum Bayesian Networks

January 10, 2014

China’s Sputnik Moment in the Quantum Space Race?

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 5:49 pm

Cat’s don’t like it when you tease them by tickling their tail; they are bound to claw you back. The same happens if you tickle a dragon’s tail. Check out this news story: This dragon is definitely fuming from its nostrils

China in race to build first code-breaking quantum supercomputer“, by Stephen Chen (South China Morning Post, 10 Jan 10, 2014)


It is said that the success of British encryption experts in cracking the Nazis’ “unbreakable” Enigma cipher machine probably contributed more to the Allies’ eventual victory than the more famous Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb.

Today China, the US and other major powers are racing to develop another game-changer in intelligence encryption – the first quantum supercomputer, which would become the ultimate code-breaker.

Professor Wang Haohua, a physicist at Zhejiang University, who is trying to build a quantum computer with superconducting materials, said the central government was so eager – even desperate – to have one that scientists had been told to ignore non-technical constraints such as cost and size.

Sputnik was interpreted by the US as some sort of wake-up call, a watershed moment. Like the Sputnik satellite (beep, beep, beep…), NSA’s Kane quantum computer doesn’t do much (just 2 qubits). Will future historians consider the Washington Post article about NSA’s Kane quantum computer a Sputnik event for China? Crazy sh*t like that happens all the time in human history.

I advise the NSA to retaliate by asking Google to censor out key scientific publications from the Chinese internet. I’m sure the NSA and Google can do that. The Chinese censors won’t notice:

Beijing censor: “That must be the work of our venerable Shanghai censors”

Shanghai censor: “That must be the work of our venerable Guangzhou censors”

The US should also impose on China some trade sanctions of the type it has imposed on Iran to prevent them from building a nuke. In the case of China, we would be preventing them from building “the Hydrogen bomb of cyberspace”. The trade sanctions could be to double US shipments of coal to China, specially the nasty, sulfurous kind. We don’t need to poison Chinese scientists. Let China poison them for us, with pollution.

Coal is China’s new opium, but the old opium would work too. That’s why the US is pulling its troops out of Afghanistan. So that China gets back a steady, dependable supply of opium.

I can think of so many sneaky ways to get back at China. But I’m just preaching to the choir by pretending to advise the NSA and its Chinese counterpart (I wonder what they are called, the Lucky Golden Secret Rabbit Agency?) on being sneaky.



  1. I heard the Chinese are handing out free quantum thumb drives.

    Comment by Max Born — January 10, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

  2. Jan 10, 2014:
    Max Born invented quantum computer viruses

    Comment by rrtucci — January 10, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

  3. The opium dig is a bit of a low blow. China suffered considerably from British imperialism.

    Comment by Henning Dekant — January 10, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

  4. Maybe you are right Henning. Maybe the US should stay in Afghanistan a few more years.

    Comment by rrtucci — January 10, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

  5. ” If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not avenge? …The villainy you teach me I will execute—and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.” THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, Act 3, Scene 1.

    Comment by Elagnel Exterminador — January 10, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

  6. Actually, in a perfect world the US and its allies would stay in Afghanistan and actually put some real effort into developing this country. Although at this point the opportunity to turn it around has probably come and gone. Given Karzai’s corruption there’s a snowball’s chance in hell that his government survives once all the Western military is gone. Rinse and repeat.

    Comment by Henning Dekant — January 11, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

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